University of Florida Health receives grant to develop antibiotics

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Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 4:28 AM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -University of Florida health researchers received a grant of $75 million to develop a new form of antibiotic.

The money was awarded by the Federal Defense Threat reduction agency.

Researchers will study 28 compounds that could be used to destroy bacterial pathogens.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which have adapted to survive current treatments, pose a significant health risk.

UF Health’s compound could also be used to address bioterrorism threats.

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